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Part of city windfall to buy books for library

(ran Seminole edition)

The Seminole Community Library is getting an extra $50,000 to spend on books this year, thanks to a city budget surplus.

Library director Michael Bryan said he will buy about 2,000 books _ many of them new releases and bestsellers.

"One complaint I think that reaches City Hall about the library is that we just don't have enough books to please everybody," Bryan said.

The City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation, which is beyond $80,000 already budgeted for the library.

The budget surplus is estimated at about $500,000, though City Manager Frank Edmunds said an ongoing audit will fix the exact amount.

Edmunds said the city has had a budget surplus for eight years running, and the money goes to fund future capital improvements such as landscaping or renovating buildings.

This year, Edmunds said, the city decided to give part of the surplus to the library because it moved into a new building. The 52,000-square-foot building opened in August and is shared with St. Petersburg College. It cost $7.1-million.

In other business:

The City Council voted to annex 11 privately owned properties ranging from .14 to .40 acres.

Each property owner requested to be annexed. The requests are part of a string of voluntary annexations expected after five neighborhoods in August voted against being wholly annexed into the city.

Information from Times files was used in this report.

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